School Update #5 - 27 August 2021

Dear Parents/Whānau,

Today marks 10 days of lockdown and our first week of distance learning! Wow, what a ride. And our children are still smiling. The juggle of teaching and learning is still hard, and we would like to acknowledge your patience in this space.


First and foremost, I want to congratulate my staff and you, our school community, for the huge amount of work carried out during Alert Level 4. Thank you for remaining positive and continuing to put children and young people first.


Highlights

Here are some of your highlights this week: Lego workshop, ‘What’s in Tim’s bag’, Olympic drawing with tin foil, Switch it off activities - baking, Making the dumplings with Sally, Physical Education, Designing a house for an Island, Magical Maths, Making a den/fort.





Clockwise from top: Teddy Bears Picnic - Sylvia, Ahoaho; Subtraction - Ferdinand, Pātangatanga; Rain Gauge - Jorja, Tūi; Kristy’s Papercraft Birds - Vivian, Korimako

Feedback from whānau

Your feedback this week brought to light a few main themes:

  1. The desire for more time for children to connect with their peers in smaller groups

  2. The desire for more fun workshops for students - science and maker

  3. Flexibility in when seesaw and ‘switch it off’ activities are completed

  4. Reminders in advance of workshops that need resources

  5. Some whānau love creative activities and some of you find them challenging. The teachers will try and strike a balance between the two

Please remember that you know your children best, and you are the best judge of whether your child/ren want to take part in these workshops. THERE IS NO EXPECTATION TO DO THEM. The choice is yours to make.


As you heard the Prime Minister announce today, we will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm Tuesday 31 August. After this, Wellington will move to Alert Level 3, however this will be reviewed as we get closer to the time.


Timetabling

You will receive an email from your child's teacher over the weekend, with the timetable for this coming week. Here is the link to our Distance Learning google site to find all the information in one place.


Once we move to Level 3, schools and early childhood education centres will only be open for children of essential workers and those who need to return to work outside the home, who are unable to make alternative arrangements for the care of their children.


All other children are to remain at home. The Prime Minister has instructed us to stay home if we are able to do so, as the goal remains to restrict contact as much as possible and to keep to our bubbles. See Government information on Alert Level 3 here.


Level 3 Preparation

We need your help to know who will be returning to school when we move to Alert Level 3.



Please complete the Level 3 Intention form by 5pm, Sunday 29 August if your child/ren require onsite learning, so we can plan for the change in alert levels. The school will only have limited capacity to deliver onsite learning at Level 3 and onsite numbers of students may be limited.


More detail will be provided to parents whose children will be physically present at school over the coming days.


Finally, I want to say thank you to you for all your hard work at these challenging times. Please remember to be kind to yourselves.



Have a great weekend.


Kia haumaru

Deborah Fenton


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